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honey cake

Emily Hlavac Green

The honey cake is an underestimated cake. There are no frills, just really good cake. It's also crazy simple to make. You've heard of a dump cake, and may not be that easy but its pretty darn close! A dusting of powdered sugar is all it needs. Maybe a spoonful of whipped cream or lemon glaze if you are really feeling fancy. The trick here is to use really good honey. In most cases clover honey is typically used in baking because its flavor is mild, but here we want the honey flavor to stand out. We used a wildflower honey, which is sweet and floral, and gives the cake lots of flavor. An orange blossom honey would also work well. We want the honey flavor to be pronounced to truly, go nuts!

Honey cakes can also tend to be too dry so we ensured this one wouldn't be by adding sour cream, which works to keep the cake tender and moist. Serve it with a cup of tea or coffee and you won't be disappointed. The cake is superb when still slightly warm but can also be kept at room temp for a day or two, wrapped in plastic!

If you are honey lovers like us, but want to go a more savory route, maybe try the Panda Express favorite  honey-walnut shrimp. Or you can keep it classic and vegetarian with honey-glazed carrots


  • Cooking spray
  • 2c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2c. (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1c. honey
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2c. sour cream
  • Powdered sugar, for serving


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9” round cake pan with parchment and grease with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda.

Step 2

In another large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat butter and honey together until butter is smooth and mixture is light and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, then add almond extract. Add dry ingredients and beat until just barely combined, then add sour cream and beat until just combined.

Step 3

Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, 35 minutes. Let cool.

Step 4

Serve as is or with a dusting of powdered sugar.


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This post originally appeared on Delish and was published April 29, 2022. This article is republished here with permission.

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